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DJK Eco-Smart Home


ENTRANT: DJK Custom Homes 
Project Location: Naperville, Illinois
Category: General

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  • DJK Eco-Smart Home

    DJK’s Eco-Smart home is designed to be healthy, efficient, and sustainable. The five core focuses of this home are nature, resource efficiency, energy efficiency, water efficiency, and indoor air quality. Photo: Kevin Kittilsen, DJK Custom Homes

  • DJK Eco-Smart Home

    The electric car charging station is located in the garage for the 2014 Cadillac ELR. Photo: Kevin Kittilsen, DJK Custom Homes

  • DJK Eco-Smart Home

    No-mow grass and native landscaping design are just one of the five core focuses of the DJK Eco-Smart Home. Photo: Kevin Kittilsen, DJK Custom Homes

  • DJK Eco-Smart Home

    100% native and drought tolerant landscaping to support local wildlife. This home is pending National Wildlife Federation Backyard Wildlife Habitat program certification. Photo: Kevin Kittilsen, DJK Custom Homes

  • DJK Eco-Smart Home

    Distressed bamboo strand hardwood flooring and energy efficient windows are shown in the living area. Photo: Kevin Kittilsen, DJK Custom Homes

  • DJK Eco-Smart Home

    ENERGY STAR rated Whirlpool appliances were installed in the kitchen. Photo: Kevin Kittilsen, DJK Custom Homes

  • DJK Eco-Smart Home

    This home uses all LED lightingPhoto: Kevin Kittilsen, DJK Custom Homes

  • DJK Eco-Smart Home

    To help with the Indoor Air Quality, no-VOC paint, no-VOC organic stain and organic varnish and AirRenew drywall from Certainteed were usedPhoto: Kevin Kittilsen, DJK Custom Homes

  • DJK Eco-Smart Home

    Reclaimed wood is used throughout the house. Photo: Kevin Kittilsen, DJK Custom Homes

  • DJK Eco-Smart Home

    Recycled fiber carpeting is ued in all bedrooms, the office, and the upstairs hall. Photo: Kevin Kittilsen, DJK Custom Homes

Project Overview

The DJK Eco-Smart home by DJK Custom Homes is a one of a kind custom home situated on a beautiful two-acre home site in Naperville Illinois. This home has been designed to push the limits of home building and prove that sustainable, healthy, and efficient living is possible in an aesthetically appealing and practical home.

DJK Home's Eco-smart home is the first home of its kind in the Naperville area. DJK Homes is currently pending LEED Platinum level certification on the project as well as NAHB Green Emerald level certification, National Wildlife Federation Backyard Wildlife Habitat program certification, EPA Indoor Air Plus certification, and ENERGY STAR 3.0 certification. This unique home by DJK Homes is healthy, efficiency, and sustainable. The Eco-smart home provides a healthy living environment for its occupants as well as zero energy bills.

DJK did not stop at net zero energy status. DJK’s Eco-Smart home is designed to be healthy, efficient, and sustainable. The five core focuses of this home are nature, resource efficiency, energy efficiency, water efficiency, and indoor air quality. This home is currently pending Leed Platinum level certification, the highest tier of certification. The home will also be NAHB green certified Emerald, level, EPA Indoor Air Plus Certified, Energy Star Certified, and be certified as a Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

At DJK we have recognized the problems associated with global warming and environmental disturbance and are doing our part to combat these issues. Some of the highlights of this home include a solar power array consisting of 40 roof mounted solar panels, drywall that cleans the air, no-mow grass, native landscaping design, reclaimed materials, and much more. DJK is proud to have greatly reduced the amount of indoor air pollutants in this home to provide the safest and healthiest living environment possible.

Builder: Kevin Kittilsen, DJK Custom Homes | Plainfield, IL Architect: Mike Buhr, Craftstone Architects | Plainfield, IL Developer: Dan Kittilsen, DJK Custom Homes | Plainfield, IL Land Planner: Jim Caneff, Roake and Associates | Naperville, IL Landscape Architect:  Gerardo Barajas, Yorkville Hill Landscaping | Yorkville, IL  

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  • DJK Eco-Smart Home

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Products Specified

Alternative Building Systems: Advanced framing 19.2" OC with 2x6" walls and 2" of rigid foam on exterior.
Appliances: Energy Star rated Whirlpool appliances with Whirlpool Induction range. Energy star Whirlpool washer and dryer with MEF of less than 3
Automotive: Electric car charging station in the garage for charging 2014 Cadillac ELR
Building Envelope: Advanced framing 19.2" OC with eco-seal no-voc sealant at all cracks and crevices, 6" of blown in recycled cellulose, and 2" of rigid DOW foam

Cabinets, shelves, millwork: Cabinets with low voc paint and stain, reclaimed barnwood beams and accents, millwork with organic stain and varnish from Ecos Paint
Caulks and Sealants: OSI Green Series No-voc window and door foam, Eco-seal no-voc water based elastomeric sealant
Central Vac: Airvac central vac system with direct exhaust venting to outdoors for improved indoor air quality.
Countertops: Solid surface Indian Coffee Brown granite countertops in the kitchen.
Decks: Large deck and outdoor screened porch designed for connection of indoor and outdoor spaces.
Door/Hardware: Rustic 2 panel plank doors stained with organic no-voc stain and varnish from Ecos Paints. Schlage Accent ORB hardware and levers
Electrical: 400 amp electrical service to support 10.8 KW roof mounted solar array. Pulseworx lighting controllers in main areas 
Exterior Finishes: Hardie low-maintenece concrete board with rain screen system for moisture mitigation. Leftover stone used for details.
Fire Protection: Fire alarm system with monitoring by the local fire department. No-voc firestop foam in all penetrations.
Fireplace: Direct vent Heat-n-glo fireplace in great room and master bedroom. Fully insulated with R31 insulation 
Flooring: Distressed bamboo strand hardwood flooring, Mohawk EverStrand recycled fiber carpeting in all bedrooms, office, and upstairs hall.
Furniture: Reclaimed barnwood coffee tables, reclaimed wood dining room table, reclaimed wood night stands, reclaimed wood bed, reclaimed fish tank surround
Garage Doors: CHI 5283 Garage Doors with R9.65 polystyrene insulation. Maintenance free wood look
Home Controls: Clare Control full home automation system with audio, camera, home theater, lighting, security, and energy monitoring control
HVAC/Ducts: Solid ducted returns and supplies with Aero-seal internal duct sealing for zero duct leakage. Carrier Infinity 20 Heat Pump, Carrier Infinity 98 Backup Furnace. 
Insulation: R-31 wall system with 6" of blown in cellulose and 2" of rigid DOW foam. R-60 blown in cellulose in attic with R-60 at vaulted roofs b use of rigid foam in between layers of plywood
Landscaping: 100% native and drought tolerant landscaping to support local wildlife. No-mow grass, native wildflowers. Pending certified backyard wildlife habitat certification. 
Lighting: 100% LED lighting from Progress Lighting and CREE LED bulbs. 

Paints and Stains: No-VOC Sherwin Williams paint/ No-voc organic stain and organic varnish from Ecos Paints. AirRenew drywall from Certainteed that removes VOC's from the air
Pavers: More than 80" permeable paving surfaces: permeable bluestone walkway, patio, crusted limestone driveway with 18" permeable base
Plumbing Fixtures: Delta Touch2o faucets with 1.5 gpm low flow rating, Delta H2O Kinetic Shower heads all bathrooms, Mirabelle Dual Flush toilets
Renewable Energy System: 10.8 kw solar panel array with Enphase M250 microinverters and US made Suniva solar panels
Roof: GAF Timberline Shingles
Specialty Products: Reclaimed barnwood beams and accents

Structural: SFI certified framing lumber and subfloor
Telecommunications: Security system with monitoring, comcast cable with full surround sound
Ventilation: Full home Carrier ERV with integration into each bathroom to replace traditional bath fans, Large sliding patio doors for fresh air in the main living space
Water Filtration: In line sediment filter, RO system on fridge for fresh cold drinking water.
Water Heating: Takagi T-H3-DV tankless waterheater setup for future solar preheating
Waste Management: Rain water swale and detention space seeded with native wetlands seed mix from Prairie Nursery
Window Coverings: Overhangs designed for 90% shading of windows in peak of summer and 90% un shaded in winter. Wood blinds in all rooms, solar shaded skylight with remote control.
Windows/Skylights/Patio Doors: Pella 350 series windows with a .16 U-value and triple glazed glass with argon filling, Velux solar skylights, Velux sun tunnels 
Other: Two sud corners, Insulated hot water lines, insulated headers with 2.5" of rigid foam, MERV 15 air filtration, Insulated Therma-tru exterior doors, shoe removal and storage center at main entrance hard surface flooring by all entrances, reclaimed barnwood stairs

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